Trails: Cultural Heartland, Mpumalanga: South Africa

List of towns where trails are listed

Groblersdal KwaMhlanga Middelburg
Roossenekal Steelpoort Stoffberg
Witband Witbank

 
Closest Town: Groblersdal
Wildevy
Trail Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Groblersdal
 

Description: 10km/1 day average; circular; in nature reserve; overnight house; 20 persons max
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: + 27 (0)12 662-0586
Fax: + 27 (0)12 662 1140
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Closest Town: KwaMhlanga
Tjhetjhisa
Trail Type: Hiking trail
Closest Town: KwaMhlanga
 

Description: 17km/2 or 3 day; average; circular; overnight huts; 8 persons max
Enquiries: SS Skosana Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)13 983-0510
Closest Town: Middelburg
Aasvoelkrans
Trail Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg
 

Description: AasvoŰlkrans 12km (White) The trails start from a board close to the office. Although currently there are no maps of the trail available, the trails are not difficult to follow. The trail are (with their marking colours.It is important to take plenty of water along with you as it is not advisable to drink the water from the river. Please don't feed the Vervet Monkeys or Baboons and carry your rubbish out of the trails.
Enquiries: Botshabelo Nature Reserve
Tel: + 27 (0)13 245 9003
Fax: + 27 (0)13 245 9000
Closest Town: Middelburg
Bobbejaanstert
Trail Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg
 

Description: Bobbejaanstert 10km (Blue) The trails start from a board close to the office. Although currently there are no maps of the trail available, the trails are not difficult to follow. The trail are (with their marking colours) It is important to take plenty of water along with you as it is not advisable to drink the water from the river. Please don't feed the Vervet Monkeys or Baboons and carry your rubbish out of the trails.
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: + 27 (0)12 245 9003
Fax: + 27 (0)12 245 9000
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za
Closest Town: Middelburg
Botshabelo
Trail Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg
 

Location: In Botshabelo Nature Reserve
Description: Botshabelo 6km (Red) The trails start from a board close to the office. Although currently there are no maps of the trail available, the trails are not difficult to follow. The trail are (with their marking colours): It is important to take plenty of water along with you as it is not advisable to drink the water from the river. Please don't feed the Vervet Monkeys or Baboons and carry your rubbish out of the trails
Enquiries: Botshabelo Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)13 245 9003
Fax: +27 (0)13 245 9000
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za/
Closest Town: Middelburg
Botshabelo - Bobbejaan Trail
Trail Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg [Back to Top]
 

Location: In Botshabelo Nature Reserve
Description: 10km/1day; moderate; circular; in nature reserve; bunkhouse and cottages available at Bothsabelo; entrance fee at gate. (Temporarily closed).
Enquiries: Botshabelo Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)13 243 5020
Fax: +27 (0)13 243 1319
Closest Town: Middelburg
Botshabelo - Eland Trail
Trail Type: Hiking trail
Closest Town: Middelburg
 

Location: In Botshabelo Nature Reserve
Description: 24km/2 day; moderate; circular; shelter - own tent suggested.
Enquiries: Botshabelo Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)13 243 5020
Fax: +27 (0)13 243 1319
Closest Town: Middelburg
Bufallo Ranch
Trail Type: Hiking trail
Closest Town: Middelburg
 

Description: 2 days; circular hike.
Closest Town: Middelburg
Cycad Trail
Trail Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg
 

Description: The Cycad Trail is 11km in length and can be walked in about 3 hours. The trail follows a farm road for some distance before entering a beautiful rocky gorge. The trail follows this gorge for a while and there is plenty of rock hopping along the way. In summer months the rock pools present swimming opportunities not to be missed. Slagthoek basecamp consists of an old thatched farmhouse reached by way of 18km sand road. There is a kitchen with fridge and gas stove. Hot water for the shower is provided by way of a donkey boiler which the attendant looks after. The lounge has easy chairs and some reading material. Lighting is by way of paraffin lamps. Outside there is a braai with grid. Wood is supplied at a charge. There is a padlock on a gate along the road, so make sure that you have the combination number
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: +27 (0)12 662 0586/1140
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za
Closest Town: Middelburg
Cycad (Broodboom) Trail - Bobbejaan Section
Trail Type: Hiking trail
Closest Town: Middelburg
 

Location: On the edge of the Olifants River Valley. Gravel. Last 12,5km can be difficult after heavy rain. If in doubt check with owner
Description: TheCycad trail is easy to moderate. The only fairly difficult section is the climb up to Arendsnes from the riverMany hikers will know and have walked this and the Baboon trail in years gone bye. Due to part of the land being sold, the trails have had to be redeveloped and an exciting new overnight backpack trail is the result. The Olifants River gorge lends itself so well to hiking that there are a number of excellent trails in this area and the new Cycad trail is one of the best. This is certainly a trail that is well worth a visit. The days are not long but are well worth taking ones time about as the routes are spectacular. In dry conditions, it is essential to take along adequate water as that found in the Olifants is not drinkable.
Neville Grading: 6.54
Comments: Special interests include Cycads, also the Encephalartos middelburghensis, indigenous to this area. Many birds, also the Black Eagle and Fish Eagle. Trees, wild flowers and wild life. Cliffs and ravines of the Olifants River. No dogs, no fires. Beware of snakes.
Enquiries: Narissa Smit
Tel: + 27 (0)13 282 6101
Fax: + 27 (0)13 282 5752
Cell: +27 (0)72 342 2800
e-mail: smitpje@lantic.net
Web: http://www.footprint.co.za
Closest Town: Middelburg
Cycad (Broodboom) Trail - Cycad Section
Trail Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg
 

Description: 9km/1 day; extendable; difficult; circular; overnight facilities; 32 persons max
Comments: Special interests include Cycads, also the Encephalartos middelburghensis, indigenous to this area. Many birds, also the Black Eagle and Fish Eagle. Trees, wild flowers and wild life. Cliffs and ravines of the Olifants River. No dogs, no fires. Beware of snakes.
Enquiries: Narissa Smit
Tel: + 27 (0)13 282 6101
Fax: + 27 (0)13 282 5752
Cell: +27 (0)72 342 2800
e-mail: smitpje@lantic.net
Closest Town: Middelburg
Cycad (Broodboom) Trail - Suikerbos Section
Trail Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg [Back to Top]
 

Location: On the edge of the Olifants River Valley
Description: 2 days/23km; Day 1, 14 km; Day 2, 9 km; moderate; circular (back to same base); basic or standard huts at base: Office (Kantoor) Huts, 36 beds; Eagle's Nest (Arendsnes) Huts, 10 beds; Ravine (Ravyn) Huts, 8 mattresses.
Comments: Special interests include Cycads, also the Encephalartos middelburghensis, indigenous to this area. Many birds, also the Black Eagle and Fish Eagle. Trees, wild flowers and wild life. Cliffs and ravines of the Olifants River. No dogs, no fires. Beware of snakes.
Enquiries: Narissa Smit
Tel: + 27 (0)13 282 6101
Fax: + 27 (0)13 282 5752
Cell: +27 (0)72 342 2800
e-mail: smitpje@lantic.net
Closest Town: Middelburg
Gods' Window Trail
Trail Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg
 

Description: This trail is 12km long and for the most part of it can be considered easy. The trail follows the edge of the escarpment offering spectacular views of the Olifants river gorge. There are several places along the route that can used for a tea break or just to relax and take in the breathtaking views.The trail eventually leaves the mountain tops and begins its descent through prime woodland with fine examples of Stamvrug, Boekenhout and several species of Combretum. The last section of the trail takes the hiker up along a narrow wooded kloof. There is quite a bit of boulder hopping. Take it easy as you only have about 2km to go to the hut. Slagthoek basecamp consists of an old thatched farmhouse reached by way of 18km sand road.
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: +27 (0)12 662 0586/1140
Closest Town: Middelburg
Idwala
Trail Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Middelburg
 

Description: Various loop trails from same base, 24 km. in total. Three chalets, 24 beds.
Comments: Geological rock formations. 85 species bird species, 70 indigenous tree species, waterfalls, mountain streams, views of Loskop Dam, game farm with several game species, 18 mammal species, veld flowers. No dogs, no fires. Bilharzia and malaria free. Thunder in summer. Carry own water, cellphone reception. Entrance gate locks at 21:00. Trail closed over Christmas and New Year.
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: +27 (0)12 346 3550 or /1 or /2
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Middelburg
Rooikrans Trails
Trail Type: Day loops; central hut
Closest Town: Middelburg
 

Location: Situated in the Loskopdam Nature Reserve area, on a private farm.
Description: THE BASE CAMP at the Rooikarns trails can accommodate 40 hikers. Separate rooms. Well maintained facilities with all cooking utensils, braai facilities, neat ablutions. Excellent 3 day trails (7.6, 11.4 and 11.1 km) from a well set base camp. Trails vary from easy going to more strenuous to accommodate all levels of hiking. Very scenic, stunning views, supporting ladders, board walks and hand railings for safe hiking. Excellent bird life and some game to be seen. Swimming in rock pool close to camp. A MUST for all keen hikers and nature lovers!
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: +27 (0)12 662 1140/ 0586
Fax: 086 548 2348
e-mail: anvie@iburst.co.za
Web: http://www.anvieventures.co.za
Closest Town: Middelburg
Slagthoek
Trail Type: Day loops; central hut
Closest Town: Middelburg
 

Location: Situated on the Kingdom Game farm but you need to travel through Middelburg to enter this part of the farm towards Slagthoek Base camp
Description: Slagthoek offers two excellent day circular trails of 12 km ( God's Window Loop) and 11 km (Cycad Loop). In prestine wilderness area. Views across The Hel, confluence of the Wilge and Olifants river. Pristine wilderness. Indigenous forest. Game viewing. Foefie-slide. Excellent trails. Slagthoek Farm house - 20 hikers. Louinge, kitchen with gas fridge and 2 plate stove, 4 bedrooms, bathroom and ablution block, braai area outside, big shady trees, safe parking. Walking distance from big rock pools to swim in.
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: +27 (0)12 662 1140/ 0586.
Fax: 086 548 2348
e-mail: anvie@iburst.co.za
Web: http://www.anvieventures.co.za
Closest Town: Roossenekal
Salpeterkrans
Trail Type: Day loops; central hut
Closest Town: Roossenekal
 

Description: TRAIL CLOSED (Two circular day loops from same huts at base; 15km & 10km; average to difficult; 24 persons max)
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Roossenekal
Salpeterkrans
Trail Type: Mountain bike
Closest Town: Roossenekal [Back to Top]
 

Description: Circular cycling routes from 35kms-45kms; overnight huts; 30 persons max
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Roossenekal
Salpeterkrans
Trail Type: Hiking trail
Closest Town: Roossenekal
 

Description: 25km/2 day; average; circular; overnight camp with 2 huts and tents; huts at base camp; 30 persons max
Comments: Carry at least 2 litres of water
Enquiries: Jacana
Tel: 0861 522262
Fax: + 27 (0)12 734 0159
e-mail: bookings@jacanacollection.co.za
Closest Town: Roossenekal
Walhalla - Naboom and Suikerbos
Trail Type: Day loops; central hut
Closest Town: Roossenekal
 

Description: 2 circle routes from base camp, 5 & 8kms, along Klip River and on 4000 ha farm, day one in the valley and day two on the higher parts. 20 people in hut with bunk beds & mattresses. Hot showers & flush toilets. Flat sleeping 6 people, fully equipped, linen included.
Comments: Outside kitchen, fridge, gas burners, pots, pans and braai area with firewood. Take Mapochs Caves Road off R577 to Lydenburg for 20kms
Enquiries: Cathy or Helen Gouws
Tel: + 27 (0)32732 Ask for 1530 or 2012
Game viewing: Small game - baboons, monkeys, duikers, rhebuck, brown hyenas, jackals
Closest Town: Steelpoort
Bosloerie Trail
Trail Type: Hiking trail
Closest Town: Steelpoort
 

Description: The trail from Molope Camp to Suikerbos Hut is 11,8Km and is known as the Bosloerie Trail. The route takes the hiker up a beautiful Kloof and across bridges. Suikerbos Hut is situated at the foot Schuringsburg - one of the highest points in Mpumalanga. The hut accommodates up to 30 hikers and has a Chemical toilet, hot showers, gas fridge, two plate stove, pots, pans and kettle. No electricity. Under cover braai facilities. The return route to Molope is 11,4Km
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: +27 (0)12 662 0586/1140
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Web: http//:www.footprint.co.za
Closest Town: Steelpoort
Moepel trail
Trail Type: Hiking trail
Closest Town: Steelpoort
 

Location: The Rooi-Ivoor group of hiking trails are on a farm close to the Mpumalanga town of Steelpoort
Description: The Moepel trail is 13,4Km long. The overnight facilities at the Stamvrug overnight camp are also excellent. The owner has provided hot showers and flushing toilets. There is also a large veranda area, ideal for hikers to sleep under on hot summer nights. The second day of the overnight trail is called the Morlothii Trail and is named after a large species of Aloe found in the area.The Morlothii trail is 6,4Km long and returns the hiker to the Molope Basecamp. The trail has several contrasts to Moepel trail. The trail is relatively easy and there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beauty of what lies hidden in this area of our beautiful country.
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: +27 (0)12 662 0586/1140
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Closest Town: Stoffberg
Deo Gloria
Trail Type: Day loops; central hut
Closest Town: Stoffberg
 

Description: 2 circle routes of 11km and 5kms, 4 thatch roof huts, 6 people each, kitchen with pots, pans, fridge, ablution block, 2 braai areas. Huts under Apiesdoring trees
Comments: In the Sekukhuni mountains in a nature reserve, waterfalls with a tyre ladder at one, valleys, indigenous forest.
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: + 27 (0)12 662-0586
Fax: + 27 (0)12 662 1140
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Closest Town: Stoffberg
Du Toits Valley Hiking Trail
Trail Type: Day loops; central hut
Closest Town: Stoffberg [Back to Top]
 

Description: 2 day/16km; day 1, 12 km; day 2, 4 km; loop trail (back to same base); rondawel at base. Thatched rondawel with two bedrooms, ten persons max.
Comments: Waterfalls and swimming pool in rainy season, 14 species of game, abundance of bird life, indigenous trees, fishing. Bedding, crockery and cutlery, pots and pans provided. No open fires in veld, no dogs.
Tel: +27 (0)13 271 7000
Fax: +27 (0)13 271 7000
Cell: + 27 (0)83 254 1232
Closest Town: Witband
Olifants Gorge Hiking Trail
Trail Type: Hiking trail
Closest Town: Witband
 

Description: These trials are not recommended for beginners. Extremely difficult, several river crossings and can only be done in Winter/ dry seasons. *** For the more experienced and adventurous hiker, can be used as prep for the bigger Otter and Fish River trails!!!! Olifants Gorge is a two day circular trail: Accommodating 14 - 20 hikers. Confluence of Wilge - and Olifants river. Cross river by means of cables. Pristine wilderness, mountainous, deep gorges and ravines, stunning views. More than 28 species of game and over 200 bird species to be seen.
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: +27 (0)12 662 0586/1140
Fax: 086 548 2348
e-mail: anvie@iburst.co.za
Web: http://www.anvieventures.co.za
Closest Town: Witbank
Bakoond Krans
Trail Type: Day loops; central hut
Closest Town: Witbank
 

Description: 21km/2 day; day 1 - 12km; day 2 - 9km; circular (starts and ends at same point); base camp, overnight hut between rocks, 20 persons max.
Comments: Waterfalls, indigenous forest, ravines, rivers and rock pools.
Tel: + 27 (0)12 662 0586
Fax: + 27 (0)12 662 1140
e-mail: anvie@xsinet.co.za
Closest Town: Witbank
Kingdom Trail
Trail Type: Day loops; central hut
Closest Town: Witbank
 

Location: Situated on the pristine Kingdom Game farm 30 km from Witbank.
Description: The Kingdom Trail offfers two excellent day circular trails: Snaaksekransloop 12-14km and Paradors-loop 8 km. Confluence of the Wilge - and Olifants river. River crossings by means of cables. Rock pools and waterfalls. Pristine wilderness. Game viewing. Mountainous trails, in a gorge, kloofs with indigenous forest. The Kingdom base camp on the banks of the Wilge river for 30 hikers. Separate huts. A large thatched lapa with basic kitchen facilities.Stunning views and bird watchers paradise!
Comments: Pristine environment, confluence of Wilge and Olifants Rivers. Two river crossings by means of a cable. Indigenous forest, superb views, game. Overnight hut under construction. No dogs. Malaria free, maximum temperature 35░C in summer.
Enquiries: Anvie Ventures
Tel: +27 (0)12 662 1140/ 0586.
Fax: 086 548 2348
e-mail: anvie@iburst.co.za
Web: http://www.anvieventures.co.za
Closest Town: Witbank
Olifants Gorge - Kingdom Back Pack
Trail Type: Hiking trail
Closest Town: Witbank
 

Description: The Kingdom Back pack Trail is ideal option for an adventurous hiker. 1. Kingdom - Grootdraai Camp *** (12/10 km + 11/7 km) 2. Kingdom - Slagthoek Camp *** (11km + A 17km / B 11km) Trail crosses the river several times, descends into a beautiful kloof with a mountain stream. Trail with beautiful panoramic views/ look out points.
Tel: +27 (0)12 662 1140/ 0586
Fax: 086 548 2348
e-mail: anvie@iburst.co.za
Web: http://anvieventures.co.za
Closest Town: Witbank
Olifants Gorge - Slagthoek Back Pack
Trail Type: Hiking trail
Closest Town: Witbank
 

Description: Slagthoek - KlipkraalCamp - (12 km + 10km) This is a beautiful trail with variety of terrain and suitable for average to experienced hikers. One does not need to cross the river. 2. Slagthoek - Grootdraai Camp *** (12km + 8km) Very scenic, beautiful trails but difficult - only for experienced hikers, several river crossings. 3. Slagthoek - Kingdom Camp *** (A17 km / B 11km + 11km) Slagthoed Back Pack. These aredDifficult trails with panoramic views, dens kloofs, gorges and several river crossings, a must for experienced/ adventurous hiker!!! Kingdom Camp: (30 beds) separate huts, big braai boma next to river. Grootdraai Camp: (14 beds) Hut on an "island" and has only the basic necessities. Slagthoek Camp: (20 beds) Big farm house, separate rooms. All basic facilties. Klipkraal Camp: (20 beds) Stone build / rocky ridge camp/ Basic facilities.
Tel: +27 (0)12
e-mail: anvie@iburst.co.za
Web: http://www.anvieventures.co.za
Closest Town: Witbank
Witbank Nature Reserve - Bankenveld Tree Route
Trail Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Witbank [Back to Top]
 

Description: Day walk, 8 km. No accommodation.
Comments: Birding, game viewing, views, waterfalls, Olifants River, rocky highveld grassland, cycling in Bankenveld, wetland, Bushveld. Environmental education centre. Restrictions: No dogs, no fires, no angling. No accommodation. No bilharzia or malaria. Beware of snakes. Mist during winter, carrying of water a necessity. Cell phone reception. Open 07h00 - 17h00.
Tel: +27 (0)13 692 4021
Fax: +27 (0)13 692 8045
e-mail: omgewing@mweb.co.za
Closest Town: Witbank
Witbank Nature Reserve - Burchell's Zebra Trail
Trail Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Witbank
 

Description: Day walk, 5 km. No accommodation.
Comments: Birding, game viewing, views, waterfalls, Olifants River, rocky highveld grassland, cycling in Bankenveld, wetland, Bushveld. Environmental education centre. Restrictions: No dogs, no fires, no angling. No accommodation. No bilharzia or malaria. Beware of snakes. Mist during winter, carrying of water a necessity. Cell phone reception. Open 07h00 - 17h00.
Tel: +27 (0)13 692 4021
Fax: +27 (0)13 692 8045
e-mail: omgewing@mweb.co.za
Closest Town: Witbank
Witbank Nature Reserve - Kiepersol
Trail Type: Day walk
Closest Town: Witbank
 

Location: Witbank Nature Reserve
Description: Day walk, 5 km. No accommodation.
Comments: Birding, game viewing, views, waterfalls, Olifants River, rocky highveld grassland, cycling in Bankenveld, wetland, Bushveld. Environmental education centre. Restrictions: No dogs, no fires, no angling. No accommodation. No bilharzia or malaria. Beware of snakes. Mist during winter, carrying of water a necessity. Cell phone reception. Open 07h00 - 17h00.
Tel: +27 (0)13 692 4021
Fax: +27 (0)13 692 8045
e-mail: omgewing@mweb.co.za
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Date of entry: 1 September 1996
Last update:2013/02/05 at 15:58:31